It is okay to be ignorant and uneducated if you have not had access to that which would make you wiser. There is nothing evil about that. But that ignorance becomes EXTREMELY EVIL when it is coupled with arrogance. That arrogance is revealed when people who have no reason to think that they have sufficient knowledge of something go ahead and preach their ideas anyway. I think many educated Christians miss this. They see people spew all kinds of ignorance on a site like baptistboard and preach all kinds of ignorance in the pulpit and they think- "Well, that's pretty dumb but there doing the best they can." But it's darker than that. It takes a tremendous amount of arrogance to be very ignorant of something but speak authoritatively on it anyway. And to do it when it comes to something as sacred and powerful as the word of God- it's like breaking into and running through a jet fuel refinery loaded with hundreds of people tossing lit torches everywhere. You'd have to be VERY ARROGANT to be so reckless. Paul was very compassionate towards ignorant people so long as they were humble enough to keep their ignorance to themselves. But he OBLITERATED ignorant people who lacked the humility to keep it to themselves- who preached their ignorance recklessly. We see this in the following two passages: I Corinthians 8 Compassion for ignorant brethren over their ignorance concerning meat. Now watch the difference in tone here: I Timothy 4 What's the difference? In the Timothy passage these people are not just ignorant about meat- they are PREACHING their ignorance. And Paul holds no punches. He says these people have departed from the faith. They are led by demon spirits and they preach doctrines of devils. It is when you take your personal convictions that are based in ignorance and make them public- go to promoting them. That is when you cross from an ignorance that is ok to a poisonous concoction of ignorance and arrogance that makes it VERY, VERY EVIL. These people have become self-righteous and dangerous. Now, I get rough on here sometimes. But to be honest, I think Paul would too- particularly when ignorant legalism and phariseeism is preached on here.